Nope - not popeye ( eyes are fine), not going to one side, swimming fine, gills as far as I can tell arn't inflammed and no erroded fins. He's not losing color. Breathing fast out of both gills, with mouth open. However, he is not gasping for air at the surface. See why i'm stumped?
Ive actually read that book
It is pretty good, Im about to go to the library and get it again.. (i've read all the saltwater fish books there, including the one about ocean fish hah)
I did notice the tang trying to get the stringy poo ( white, stringy) off earlier, but thats about it ( rubbed his bottom end on a rock once). I'm going to go out tomorrow and get some garlic guard or garlic extreame and add it to the food with dewormer to see if it'll help. He wont eat it with the meds otherwise. Gills dont seem inflammed, I dont see any flukes/ spots, though I know some can be microscopic. He just swims around with his mouth open and gills flapping. It worries me. I didn't think intestinal parasites could cause breathing issues, but I'm at a loss as to what could be causing it with good water and no external sign of parasites besides the stringy poop.
this guy was initially QT'd for 3 weeks ( some rapid breathing at first, was ok after adjusting) then 1 week QT with general dewormers after a few weeks in the main.
QT and try and treat for possible gill flukes ( if so how?) or try the garlic+dewormer+food? blah! lol..